Chen Chu, formerly the mayor of Kaohsiung, has taken up her new post as secretary-general of the Presidential Office.
As she was sworn in on Monday, Chen said she will do her best to help President Tsai Ing-wen pursue a more stable and sustainable future for Taiwan.
“President Tsai’s courage and determination in pushing for reforms requires public support and confidence. Today the president has given me this huge responsibility. To deepen Taiwan’s democracy and for the sake of the reforms for which [the administration] has worked hard, I will do my best to help and support the president."
Vice President Chen Chien-jen praised Chen for upholding human rights and justice at every critical juncture when Taiwan was in the process of democratization.
A political prisoner-turned-politician, Chen Chu was Kaohsiung mayor for eight years from 2010 to April 2018.